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Saturday, 9 September 1995

  • LETTER: Hitler and the Holocaust on Albert Speer's conscience
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    I began by telling him that I wouldn't have been at the party if I had known that David Irving (according to whose very special version of history Hitler knew nothing about the Holocaust) was at the same time giving a lecture at the Book Fair, which ...

  • LETTER: EUROPE'S BALKAN FAILURE
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    Patrick Curry London W14

  • LETTER: Astute Emma
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    In the rest of the piece I gathered the clear impression that this astute woman knows how to keep her brains, personality and family life well hidden from people who are not embarrassed to be heard screaming with envy. Virginia Browne-Wilkinson Flore...

  • LETTER: N-test lesson
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    Allowing for hyperboles and allowing for the fact that Oppenheimer disliked politicians and the military, and allowing also that Oppenheimer was the most arrogant of humble men, it was quite an assertion. In the light of that, and after 50 years of n...

  • LETTER: Lower pay and fewer skills
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    I won't even mention fear of redundancy, short-term contracts, negative equity or concern over NHS provision. No wonder the feel-good factor and increased consumer spending are not even visible on a distant horizon. Barbara Daniels Northwich, Cheshir...

  • LETTER: Cameras fighting crime in Newcastle, not just snooping
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    It was not the authorities but journalists who put West End people in the frame, using them to further their ideas of a morally irresponsible "underclass", largely comprised of violent white unemployed males. Once liberal commentators had turned soci...

  • LETTER: Chocs away
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    Jo Evans simon@bowfor.demon.co.uk

  • LETTER: Alarming misunderstanding
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    These days most homes have several easily saleable and portable items: televisions, radios, videos, cameras, etc. But whatever one owns, who wants intruders "turning over'' one's belongings anyway? A police security officer recently put the point of ...

  • LETTER: Baby talk
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    David Smith Milton Keynes.

  • LETTER: Briefly
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    Len Clarke. Uxbridge, Middlesex

  • LETTER: Briefly
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    YOUR readers may have received a fase impression of physiotherapy from Hester Lacey's review of massage ("Massage - just ie down and take it", Rea Life, 3 September). Simpe touch therapy, as she describes it, is sti centra to physiotherapy, which h...

  • LETTER: Briefly
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    William P Roberts. London N1.

  • LETTER: Lower pay and fewer skills
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    On the contrary, through redundancy much expertise has been and is being lost, and companies will often now take on cheaper, less skilled labour. Indeed the very notion of flexibility or transferability of labour implies that skill and quality are li...

  • LETTER: Cameras fighting crime in Newcastle, not just snooping
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    The camera system now established was installed after widespread public consultation and agreement. To suggest that it might be used for irresponsible snooping is outrageous and in direct conflict with the guidance and instructions for this or any ot...

  • LETTER: EUROPE'S BALKAN FAILURE
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    Martin Hutchison Stirling

  • LETTER: Europe's Balkan failure
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    The fact is that Europe has lost all moral authority and credibility in the Balkans, and already there are many who are not too proud of being European. No doubt Bosnian Muslims will ponder long and hard at what it means to be a European Muslim. As f...

  • LETTER: Briefly
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    Pauline Gaunt London SW8

  • LETTER: Cameras fighting crime in Newcastle, not just snooping
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    The TV security system has won approval at many public meetings, but that welcome will soon wear thin if the system becomes identified with the sort of ill-formed, sweeping generalisations about the local people featured in your report. Most people i...

  • LEADING ARTICLE : Mud, blood, Verdi ... and hard men with time to kill
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    "What you doing over there on your own, writing your will or what? Come and have a drink for Christ's sake." "Like a fight, do you, butt?" I replied with the necessary lie. "Not being funny," says Dai Hard, whose name was actually Sledda, several pin...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Contradictions and ironies on the road to Peking
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    This works only if your readers have very short memories and fail to notice that you've never previously shown a jot of concern for raped women in East Timor or exhausted mothers in Bangladesh. But even if you're sympathetic, the conference poses awk...

  • What does she think?
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    Tessa Keswick, named last week as the executive director of the Centre for Policy Studies, has stunned the brainy right of the Tory party. Her coup in being appointed intellectual heir to Sir Keith Joseph was unexpected, particularly since she had on...

  • How to really upset the French
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    Dressing: there is no question of wearing anything from Saint Laurent, Chanel, Cardin. Forget the Robert Clergerie shoes and the Jean-Paul Gaultier perfume. Downstairs: those coffee beans, were they roasted and packed in France? The milk? None of tha...

  • CAPTAIN MOONLIGHT: DIARY
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    HI! TODAY, for once, I want to address a serious question. And it is this: do you, like me, think that we spend too much time in this country knocking people who have made a bit of a go out of life? Envy is not an attractive emotion, I find. But alre...

  • words: SECURITY
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    For Macbeth it was the opposite: the absence of fear. The Latin prefix se meant "without": and cura meant "care", so securitas was freedom from care, thence unconcern, thence carelessness, or misplaced confidence. An Elizabethan talking about "a fals...

  • Women have a way of being disruptive and it makes men uncomfortable
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    The result is that if radical new ideas about women were expressed during those days, we know practically nothing about them. Instead, we read what Hillary Clinton said about the Chinese organisers, and what Baroness Chalker said about Hillary Clinto...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: Peace before principles
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    So why should they now return to principle and jeopardise the peace process? Why dig in their heels over the IRA's refusal to start handing over arms, when even the police and the Army say that this is an issue of no importance? Gerry Adams and Sinn ...

  • The very British love of a gentleman for his dog
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    Aside from wishing humane executions, whippings and biffings on such miscreants, I am a peaceable sort, a chap who shies away from visiting violence upon all but the most disagreeable citizens. But on some subjects, I will not be silenced. And the fa...

  • Can we talk about race?
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    But how much longer can we rely on science to hold the line against racism? Its endorsement of anti-racism has been part of the post-war order, like the Soviet bloc and the welfare state. Like them, however, it may prove to be no more than the produc...

  • quotes of the week
    Sunday, 10 September 1995

    First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Jock Slater, on Royal Navy opposition to relaxing the ban on homosexuals in the armed services. One of the things a writer is for is to say the unsayable, speak the unspeakable and ask difficult questions. Salman Rushdie. W...

  • LETTER: Ex-Communists back in control
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Sir: Michael Sheridan's rather gloomy "Rusting hulks in the land that Russia forgot" (7 September) places the accent upon the Communist background of most of Ukraine's leadership as a negative factor in its current stage of development. But is this r...

  • LETTER: Questioning the values of the UN Conference on Women
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Sir: Today I returned from the NGO conference in Peking and I have listened to and read the media reports. Was I at the same event? The Chinese I met were courteous and welcoming; the hotels were luxurious. The only time I felt the slightest apprehen...

  • LETTER: Refining the art of word play
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Sir: I assure Professor Broadbent (Letters; "Fluid words and helpful fluids", 5 September) that with my old Olivetti, I can "get exactly the right word in exactly the right place". All I have to do is to take a pen, draw a line through the wrong word...

  • LETTER: Bruno the hero deserves a title
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Sir: After witnessing one of the most courageous and thrilling events in British sporting history - namely the victory of Frank Bruno over Oliver McCall at Wembley Stadium - I believe there is a new name in our roll- call of sporting legends ("Bruno ...

  • LETTER: Labour did oppose N-tests
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Sir: I was very surprised to read your editorial (8 September) criticising the Labour Party for failing to speak out against French nuclear tests in the Pacific. The truth is that Labour has been active on this matter from the outset. Robin Cook wrot...

  • LETTER: Planning peace for Bosnia
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Sir: For the first time since the start of the war in Bosnia in April 1992, the possibility of a lasting peace settlement is emerging. This cannot, however, be based on any re-juggling of previous plans, all of which were inherently unjust, even, to ...

  • LETTER: Lib Dems first to combat ageism
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Sir: I never cease to be amazed by the arrogance of the Labour Party's claims. Your report ("Labour is to outlaw age bias at work", 7 September) that the Labour Party was the first major political party to use the law to fight ageism is simply not tr...

  • LETTER: Colon campaign? Here it is ...
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Sir: Polly Toynbee asks "Where are the colon campaigners?" (6 September). Here we are. We have proposed that a "once in a lifetime" test which detects and removes pre-cancerous polyps might prevent about 40 per cent of bowel cancers in people screene...

  • LETTER: Three wheels are better than four
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Sir: I was interested to read the article by Christian Wolmar and John Arlidge about the proposed car-free estates ("Escape from chock-a-block Car City", 5 September) on my return from spending two weeks in one, Christiania in Copenhagen. The Christi...

  • In Bosnia, no deal matters without a map
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    The most positive element is the acceptance by the Serb delegation that Bosnia-Herzegovina should remain a single, internationally recognised state in its present borders. On the face of it, this buries Serb hopes of forging an enlarged Serbian state...

  • Deserted, betrayed, but always right
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    For at least a few months he became the most popular man in the Labour Party. Had Labour won in 1992, he would certainly have held high office. So in one sense he was a casualty of Labour's fourth election defeat. For it was in the months that follow...

  • Bums on pedestals
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Don't think I like this particular journey; the whole subject fills me with a queasy disgust. I would far rather squat over a hole in the ground than use one of those appalling Teutonic loos, where a ledge catches everything for a quick pre-flush ins...

  • LEADING ARTICLE: An electric storm, but will the customers get soaked?
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    There will be spontaneous sympathy for this view. Although some of the privatised utilities, such as British Telecom, have achieved notable improvements in service since entering the private sector, the performance of others has left much to be desir...

  • Finding freedom in the bugs
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Over the past 20 years, Professor Gould has become consummate in writing about science at a popular level. And his science sells around the world. The most recent collection of his essays, Eight Little Piggies, spent four weeks on the Sunday Times be...

  • LETTER: Questioning the values of the UN Conference on Women
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Sir: Teresa Poole ("So many women, so little time", 7 September) is right to draw attention to delegates' concern at the diversion of attention away from women's issues at the UN Women's Conference in Peking. Oxfam shares this concern, as the confere...

  • LETTER: Questioning the values of the UN Conference on Women
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    Sir: As an Asian woman, I am fed up with the discussions at the UN World Conference on Women in Peking and it is not just the anti-Chinese sentiments that sicken me. Why is it that traditional practices like female circumcision, which have been carri...

  • QUOTE UNQUOTE
    Saturday, 9 September 1995

    It was like acting with the Rock of Gibraltar - Billie Whitelaw on working with Sir Laurence Olivier I think we are now culpable in the light of history in that we didn't spend enough money on leakage reduction as a means of securing supply - Sir Gor...

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